In This Review

The War: A Memoir
The War: A Memoir
By Marguerite Duras
150 pp, Pantheon, 1986

The setting is Paris during the closing months of World War II, the Germans in retreat, the Resistance out for blood. The stories, alleged to be the contents of a diary forgotten by Duras for 40 years, are of cruelty, betrayal, torture and self-torture, by no means confined to one side. They dwell so graphically on hatred and revenge as to seem almost perverse, or are they only tough-minded? This is still another stunning depiction of the degradation of humanity in the wake of war and occupation.